Become a Friend

Friends of Hamilton Gardens

Become a Friend of Hamilton Gardens and be a part of these treasured gardens, and their unique concept.

Hamilton Gardens has been built on a long tradition of volunteering. Hundreds of community volunteers have transformed the former rubbish dump into an internationally regarded garden. The Friends of Hamilton Gardens has played a critical part in this transformation.

Formed in 1989 by individuals with a desire to support the growth of the Gardens, the Friends continues to raise awareness and promote the use and enjoyment of the Gardens. We also staff the Information Centre daily.

Now, with the Gardens undertaking its ambitious goal to build five gardens in four years, the Friends is the community face of the Gardens and continues to play a key role in fundraising and hosting promotional events alongside Hamilton City Council. 

As a Friend you'll attend private garden unveilings, receive invitations for behind-the-scenes tours of gardens under development, receive discounts at local retailers and invitations to special events. You will also enjoy knowing you are making a valuable contribution to the Gardens being recognised as an internationally significant garden. 

For more information please call the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre on 07 838 6782. 

If you wish to make a donation or are thinking of leaving a bequest please contact the Friends' president Virginia Graham on 07 843 8109. Be assured all funds donated will go directly towards Friends of Hamilton Gardens projects. 


Activities of the Friends

Our regular events include:

  • The Katherine Mansfield Garden Party
  • The Autumn Harvest Festival
  • Matariki Celebrations
  • The Scarecrow Festival
  • Plant sales.

Visit the Hamilton Gardens events page for details. 

You may also like to join one of our groups:

  • Propagating Group - for details contact Marleina Ruka on 021 294 9601
  • Garden Club - for details contact Judy Holdsworth on 07 855 4786
  • Social Club - for details contact Susan Coubrough on 022 186 2399

Our involvement at Hamilton Gardens


Our recent achievements

In 2015, the Friends fundraised for the installation of drinking fountains and the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in the Time Court.

In 2015 and 2016 our very successful annual Mansfield Garden Party has promoted the Mansfield Garden, currently under construction. The Friends are committed to raising a total of $150,000 for this Garden. 

In 2016, the Friends purchased a 1.75m bronze scarecrow, 'The Strawman' for installation in the Kitchen Garden during our annual Scarecrow Festival.